8 habits that unwittingly harm your kitchen
Kitchen appliances and utensils have to endure a lot because they are sometimes used several times a day. However, they are not always used correctly and last as long as they could.
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Many habits unknowingly harm the kitchen and make it look worn and old quickly. Even little things like wiping the countertop with a paper towel can help.
That is why it is good to know which quirks you should put aside in order to keep your kitchen looking new for a long time.
1. Store knife incorrectly
A common mistake many people make is to keep all of the cutting knives together in one drawer. Because the blades hit each other uncontrollably when the drawer is opened and closed, they become blunt faster and no longer cut properly. Better to keep your kitchen knives in a knife block or on a magnetic rail. Or put each blade in a suitable sleeve if you don’t have the space and want to keep it in the drawer.
2. Rinse wooden utensils in the dishwasher
Wooden utensils for cooking, wooden dishes or wooden cutting boards should never be cleaned in the dishwasher, because the high water temperatures soften the wood and cause cracks, which make it more susceptible to germs and reduce its durability.
3. Wipe everything with paper towels
Amazingly, paper towels are not suitable for wiping all surfaces. The paper towels can leave small scratches on glass surfaces or lacquered wooden surfaces such as countertops and tables in the kitchen, because their structure is comparatively rough. Instead, you should use a soft cloth for such sensitive surfaces.
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4. Put the hot ingredients in the blender
Pouring hot liquids or food into a blender with the lid closed can be dangerous. The liquid can expand and, together with the resulting vapor, lead to increased pressure in the container. If the lid cannot withstand this pressure, it can damage the kitchen, the mixer itself and, in the worst case, burn your skin.
5. Use vinegar to clean everything
Vinegar is a true all-purpose cleaner. However, it should not be used on all surfaces. Marble and granite worktops do not tolerate coming into contact with vinegar. But stone tiles, metallic surfaces and hardwood floors are also sensitive to the acidic vinegar and are more worn out than usual by it. You can easily clean your microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and sink with it.
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6. Wash meat before roasting
Washing meat before frying is supposed to prevent pathogens from ending up in the food. But this habit is not only completely wrong, it can have a direct impact on your health, because the bacteria on the meat can spread up to 50 centimeters in your kitchen due to the splashing water. So there is a good chance that the germs will splash onto your sponges and rags or onto dishes that are currently on the draining board. This greatly increases the risk of illness and, in the worst case, there is a risk of diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. The heat when frying or cooking is completely sufficient to kill any pathogens.
7. Use glass cutting boards
The surface of glass chopping boards is very dense and knife blades can quickly become dull. In order to have some of your kitchen knives for a long time, you should use another surface for cutting food. Cutting boards made of wood or plastic are much better.
8. Prepare everything in the pan
Tomatoes or citrus fruits should not be prepared in a pan with a non-stick coating, because the acid they contain attacks the material very strongly and ultimately reduces the shelf life of the pan. Instead, use a stainless steel saucepan or pan for such acidic foods.
Many actions in our life are automated and that is usually very helpful in everyday life. However, there are also bad habits that can cause harm. In order to get rid of this, it takes time and patience, and above all the awareness that you are doing something wrong. Do you know any other unconscious habits in the kitchen that you should better break out of?
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